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How to delete all rows containing specific text within a column in Google sheets?

Author: Xiaoyang Last Modified: 2022-12-27

Supposing, you have a range of data in a google sheet, now, you would like to delete the rows based on cell values in a column. For example, I want to delete all rows which contain the text “Complete” in Colum C. This article, I will talk about how to solve it in Google sheets.

Delete all rows containing specific text within a column with script code


Delete all rows containing specific text within a column with script code

To remove all rows which include the specific text in a column, the following script code can do you a favor, please do as this:

1. Click Tools > Script editor, see screenshot:

doc delete rows containing 1

2. In the new opened code window, copy and paste the following code into the blank code window, see screenshot:

function deleteRows() {
  var ss = SpreadsheetApp.getActiveSpreadsheet();
  var s = ss.getSheetByName('delete containing');
  var r = s.getRange('C:C');
  var v = r.getValues();
  for(var i=v.length-1;i>=0;i--)
    if(v[0,i]=='Complete')
      s.deleteRow(i+1);
};

doc delete rows containing 2

Note: In the above code, “delete containing” is the sheet name containing the data you want to delete, “C:C” is the column with specific text you want to delete from, “Complete” is the specific text that you want to delete rows based on, please change them to your need.

3. Then save this code, and then click Run button in the code window to execute this script code, see screenshot:

doc delete rows containing 3

4. And all rows which containing the specific text “Complete” have been deleted at once, see screenshot:

doc delete rows containing 4


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This formula work for all column A and check all cells that contain some text > 0 and delete only the rows that contain some text in cells > 0

function deleteRows() {
var ss = SpreadsheetApp.getActiveSpreadsheet();
var s = ss.getSheetByName('Sheet_name_here);
var r = s.getRange('A:A');
var v = r.getValues();
for(var i=v.length-1;i>=0;i--)
if(v[0,i]>'0')
s.deleteRow(i+2);
};
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Bonjour, j'aime beaucoup ce script. Moi je cherche un script qui permet de supprimer automatiquement tous les éléments ou contenus d'une colonne après chaque 1 min. Pas supprimer la colonne, mais le contenu de la colonne. Pouvez vous m'aider ?
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How can I make this more versatile?

LEt's say that I create a list of blacklisted words in Sheet1 and I want to delete all the rows in Sheet2 that contain that words in column A. I'm totally stuck on this on Google Sheets
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Any luck with this??
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I fixed this for myself using the following.
The reason it is not working is because the v returns an array with only one item [0]
I also used Javascript .includes() so that you can delete records that "Contain" that text.


function deleteRows() {
var ss = SpreadsheetApp.getActiveSpreadsheet();
var s = ss.getSheetByName('default');
var r = s.getRange('A:A');
var v = r.getValues();
for(var i=v.length-1;i>=1;i--)
if(v[i][0].includes("appleid.com")) {
console.log('deleted row ' + v[i][0]);
s.deleteRow(i+1);
}
};
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Thank you so much. Works great for me
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Great job, working seamlessly.
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Figured it out, but having trouble making it work for larger sheets since it's exceeding maximum runtime. Basically, the data that was being returned for 'v' was an 'object' type so you had to JSON.stringify() it first in order to detect values.
<div data-tag="code">function deleteRows() {
var ss = SpreadsheetApp.getActiveSpreadsheet();
var s = ss.getSheetByName('REPLACE WITH NAME OF SHEET');
var r = s.getRange('C:C'); // Replace 'C:C' to be the column you want to replace like start:end
var v = r.getValues();
for(var i=v.length-1;i>=0;i--) {
if(JSON.stringify(v[i]).includes('REPLACE WITH THE CHAR YOU WANT TO REPLACE')) {
s.deleteRow(i+1);
}
}
};
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